From business park to thriving Sydney community: the continuing evolution of Norwest
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From business park to thriving Sydney community: the continuing evolution of Norwest

With an emphasis on sustainable living, the new Norwest Quarter masterplan is already attracting attention

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Wed, Mar 13, 2024 7:00amGrey Clock 4 min

There are many aspects that attract potential homeowners and investors in the apartment sector. For some, it’s about potential for capital growth and yield on their property. For most, though, it’s all about location.

For the longest time, Norwest in Sydney’s Hills District was best known as a business park bordering the neighbouring suburbs of Kellyville, Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills. In recent years, however, it has become home to a thriving community attracting a diverse group of residents across a range of demographics. Scratch the surface and it’s not hard to see why.

Norwest Quarter was designed by Bates Smart and Smart Design Studio. Image: Artist’s impression

In addition to the business park, which continues to provide significant employment  opportunities, the suburb is well serviced by schools and shopping precincts. With public transport links including Norwest Metro Station and bus services offering connection to the rest of Greater Sydney — part of a $9 billion investment in infrastructure —  it’s no surprise that the Norwest apartment market has experienced strong growth over the past three years. This has been fuelled in part by projected population growth, with Transport NSW forecasting an average increase of 1.3 percent between now and 2037. The result is an additional 5,400 dwellings will be required over the next 15 years.

As demand for housing continues to exceed supply, prices are already on the move.

The median unit price in Norwest has increased by 6.3 percent per annum over the past 10 years and median sales price went up 8.7 percent in the past 12 months across 328 settled transactions. For prepared buyers and investors, opportunities to buy into the area should be seized upon.

Property developer Mulpha has been ahead of the curve in Norwest, with more than 30 years in the area spent developing the $2.5 billion commercial, retail and residential estate.

The release of its ground-breaking Norwest Quarter development is now poised to set a new standard for residential development in the Hills District, with a focus on liveability and sustainability.

Residences have been designed for optimum passive solar impact. Image: Artist’s impression

Significantly, the mixed used development will provide housing for more than 2,000 residents across eight residential towers containing 864 apartments. Stage 1 has been designed by award-winning architectural firm Bates Smart and Smart Design Studio in consultation with environmental sustainability firm Finding Infinity and urban heat researchers at Western Sydney University. The development will not only aim to achieve carbon zero status, it will be a pleasure for residents to live in as well. Residential amenities will include EV charging points and community gardens with 70 percent of the 3.8ha site dedicated to open green space. The all-electric fit out of apartments will be off set by rooftop solar panels.

Landscaping is a key part of the Norwest Quarter development, providing shade and a connection to the natural environment. Image: Artist’s impression

Beyond the residential design, Norwest Quarter will provide 6000sqm of space for cafes, restaurants, shops and services — everything that makes for vibrant, thriving neighbourhoods. And what makes good sense for residents makes a sound choice for investors.

Mulpha’s Head of Development, Tim Spencer said the demand for quality apartments in Norwest reflects a change in mindset in how people view apartment living.

“The demand for quality apartments will continue to grow not just due to relative affordability but also the lifestyle benefits,” he said.

“These include being able to live in a great location close to transport connections, education and public amenities, parks and recreational facilities, all within a vibrant community.

“This is increasingly appealing to a broad range of people from singles, couples and families, to empty nesters who want convenience and community. With people enjoying busy and active lifestyles through all stages of life, many people don’t want the responsibility, time commitment and cost of maintaining a house and garden.

“Of course, the most important consideration with buying any apartment is the quality of design and construction, by a developer with a strong track record and commitment to the area who stand behind their product.”

Norwest Quarter will have everything required for a thriving, sustainable community. Image: Artist’s impression

Norwest apartment purchaser, retired professor Lindsay Wasson, agrees. Having recently sold an apartment he owned with his wife at Norwest Lake — in Mulpha’s Watermark building — the couple have just bought a north-facing apartment in Norwest Quarter with full-length balcony.

“The apartment we have bought in Norwest Quarter is all-electric with double glazing, solar roof panels, high-rating insulation, water and energy efficiency, EV charging in car spaces and the list goes on,” Mr Wasson said.

“Combine these great elements (earning a NatHERS rating of 7.8) with Mulpha’s outstanding build quality, and the confidence we have in the company, buying into Norwest Quarter is probably the best decision we have ever made.”

Mr Wasson said he and his wife are confident they’ve made a sound choice.

“We are excited by the development and absolutely relaxed about the purchase,” he said. “We know we are buying from a quality developer who has earned our trust over many years. While this purchase is not for investment purposes, we also know that this future-proof building can only increase in value as an exemplar of design excellence and high-level sustainability.”

For more information, visit norwestquarter.com.au



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There are 10 local council areas scattered along the East Coast of Australia that offer both affordability and solid fundamentals for sustainable future growth, according to the research team at residential property network, PRD. The areas have been selected based on five criterion. They are affordability – defined as a median house price below $600,000, rising house values, strong rental yields to encourage investment, a strong pipeline of residential, commercial and infrastructure projects to facilitate local economic development, and low unemployment.

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Mackay, QLD

Mackay is a tropical coastal area located in north Queensland. It’s known for its closeconnection to the Great Barrier Reef. The median house price is $462,750, up 8.9 percent in 2023. Mackay attracts a lot of interstate migrants and is home to more than 120,000 people. It has a healthy economy with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent and $1.7 billion worth of projects due to commence this year.

Toowoomba, QLD

The Toowoomba median house price was up 10.9 percent in 2023.

Toowoomba is located west of Brisbane and is known for its Victorian buildings, street artand surrounding national parks. The median house price is $560,000, up 10.9 percent in 2023. The city has a population of more than 180,000. The unemployment rate is 4 percentand there is $6.1 billion in projects commencing in 2024.

Townsville, QLD

Townsville is a coastal city in north-eastern Queensland. The median house price is $420,000, up 5 percent in 2023. It is home to more than 200,000 people. Unemployment is very low at 2.5 percent and there is $3.2 billion of projects commencing this year.

Dubbo, NSW

Dubbo is located west of Newcastle in the Orana Region and is home to the Western Plains Zoo. The median house price is $530,000, up 11.6 percent in 2023. The population has exploded in recent years to more than 56,000 people. The unemployment rate is just 2.2percent and the economy is thriving. There is a pipeline of $4.7 billion in projects commencing this year.

Tamworth, NSW

Located in north-east NSW, Tamworth is known for its popular annual Country Music Festival. It’s also the largest retail centre for the New England and Northwest Slopes regions. The median house price is $490,000, up 14 percent in 2023. With a population of more than 65,000 people, the economy is strong with unemployment of just 2 percent and $112.4million worth of projects commencing this year.

Griffith, NSW

Located west of Sydney and northwest of Canberra, Griffith is known for its prime produce production and wine cultivation. The median house price is $531,000, up 2.1 percent in 2023. Griffith’s population is about 27,000 people. The city boasts high economic resilience with a 2 percent unemployment rate and $258.7 million in projects in the pipeline.

Ballarat, VIC

Ballarat, Victoria

Ballarat is a 1.5hour drive west of Melbourne. It’s popular with city commuters who move here for housing affordability and a relaxed lifestyle with easy access to the city via train. The median house price is $570,000, down 4.2 percent in 2023 but up 92.9 percent over the past decade. The city has the third highest population in Victoria at about 118,000. Ballarat has an unemployment rate of 3 percent and a total projects pipeline worth $2.3 billion for 2024.

Shepparton, VIC

Shepparton is a rural area about two hours north of Melbourne. It is popularly referred to as the food bowl of Australia. The median house price is $475,000, up 4.4 percent in 2023. The population is about 70,000. The unemployment rate is just 2 percent and there is $1.8 billion in projects for 2024.

Wodonga, VIC

Wodonga is located on the border of NSW on the southern side of the Murray River. It is approximately 320km from Melbourne and 345km from Canberra. The median house price is $567,250, up 4.7 percent in 2023. With a population of about 44,000, the city’s jobless rate is 3 percent and there is $388.2 million in development set to commence in 2024, primarily new infrastructure.

Burnie, TAS

Burnie is a bustling port city located in Emu Bay in Tasmania’s north-west. Overlooking beaches and parklands, the area is known for its rich agriculture and mining projects. The median house price is $435,000, up 3.6 percent. Despite a rising population, the unemployment rate is falling and is currently 5.6 percent. In 2024, Burnie’s project pipeline is valued at approximately $1.6 billion. A significant portion is commercial development, primarily renewable energy projects.

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